“Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning” is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group’s recent project to develop and validate assessments of students’ ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the United States. The Stanford History Education Group is now working to write assessment forms that could support teachers’ instructional planning, as well as lesson plans that address key online reasoning skills.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has developed a model college and career readiness agenda composed of six interrelated components (see below). In two instructional modules, SREB reviews the progress in six states to improve readiness; suggest ways to build on existing policy, research and practice; and engage state leaders to develop and implement transitional senior-year courses in mathematics and English/language arts. Key topics include: 1) college and career readiness standards that are universal and statewide; 2) assessments of state-adopted standards with qualifying scores denoting readiness; 3) public school curriculum that aligns with college and career readiness standards; 4) assurance from public higher education that standards will be used for college placement; 5) statewide professional development plans for teachers to implement standards; and 6) state accountability programs that incorporate the college and career readiness standards.
This document’s goal is to provide “guidance for state higher education leaders on one crucial aspect of implementation: the role that state systems of higher education must play to build toward recognition of the Smarter Balanced [Assessment Consortium] assessment as evidence that students are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing courses and should be exempted from remediation in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.”
This searchable website, created by the PEAR Institute, provides assessment tools for informal science learning. This website allows practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and youth. The tools found on the website were reviewed by the PEAR staff.
This website includes a variety of tools for teachers to create lessons, classroom assessments, and presentations. It also provides tools for students. Its lesson creation tool enables teachers to build lessons around any of the PBS videos on the website. For each video there are also tools such as teaching tips and discussion questions. The website is set up so that the questions can be used either to facilitate discussions or used as part of an assessment.
This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K-12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.